24 January, 2021

The DIY Maoist Manual

How they made their own rockets, rocket launchers, mortars and other weapons. And how they kept improving and improvising.

Rajesh Kumar
The DIY Maoist Manual
“Being a mechanical engineer, I am well-versed with technical aspects.... I have mastered the skill of manufacturing rockets and rocket launchers. It’s like a passion for me.”

So said Sadanala Rama Krishna alias Techie Anna, a Maoist weapons specialist, in a statement to his interrogators. Techie Anna and Thota Kumaraswamy, alias Tech Madhu, were the brains behind the arsenal of the Maoists: Techie Anna was the head of the Maoists’ technical wing, Tech Madhu was the logistics, production and supply manager. Last week, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) chargesheeted Rama Krishna and four others for waging war against the state as members of the CPI (Maoist) and for the illegal manufacture of arms and ammunition. The NIA claims as evidence cash, ammunition, explosives, Maoist literature, diagrams and parts of rocket launchers and other weapons seized from them. Among the big seizures were 69 crates full of weapons from a Raipur godown and some material from a workshop in Calcutta. Tech Madhu, now lodged in Mahbubnagar...



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